OVR 18s National Qualifier

The Ohio Valley Region is proud to host a USA Volleyball 18s National Qualifier. The Qualifier will take place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, February 2nd through Sunday, February 4th, 2018. This Qualifier is hosting the 18 Open, 18 USA and 18 American Divisions.

Qualifier Playing Schedule

Complete playing schedule in AES

University Athlete list of college coaches attending.

Division Coaches Packets and Flowcharts:

Coaches Handout - Open Division

Flowchart - Open Division

Coaches Handout - USA Division

Flowchart - USA Division

Coaches Handout - American Division

Flowchart - American Division

Court Layout

USA Volleyball will be hosting both a Girls High Performance Tryout on Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information or to sign up for the tryout, go to: USAV HP Tryouts So all three 18s divisions will play in the morning on Friday.

Team check-in will be open from 6 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, February 1st at the Championship Desk outside of Hall C/D of the GCCC. Check-in will also be available starting at 7 am on Friday, February 2nd up until you play your first match.

Playing Schedule Friday:
AM Wave Starting at 8:00 AM - 18 Open, 18 USA and 18 American

We are NOT charging admission. Bring the whole family!

The Ohio Valley Region will also be hosting a Boys WinterFest Tournament for 18s through 12s this Saturday and Sunday on courts 8 through 28 in the same exhibit hall.

We are in need of someone(s) to sing the National Anthem each morning at 7:45 am. If you know of a person, please have them email me at: Herbert@ovr.org. Include their name, club & team and which morning their would like to sing.

Awards: There will be individual awards to champions and second place and both third place teams in each Gold division only.

Rules & Regulations: USAV playing rules for the 2017-2019 season will be in effect. Most matches will be best two out of 3 sets. Some alternate match formats may be used to accommodate for smaller divisions or for 3 or 5 team pools, if necessary.

Officiating: All competing teams will be assigned to officiate in the tournament. Teams MUST provide certified referees and scorekeepers. In addition, teams MUST provide the 2nd referee, scoreboard operator and 2 lines-persons (players or registered adults on the team's roster may assist). A rostered adult must be the R2.

Failure to fulfill officiating assignments will result in the loss of 1 point per minute in their next match.

All protests will be resolved by the protest committee as selected by the Head Officials.

Sanction: The tournament is hosted and sanctioned by the Ohio Valley Region - USA Volleyball. All teams and players must be registered with USAV. Team and player registration numbers MUST appear on the Entry Form or the entry will be rejected. Teams using illegal players will forfeit all matches and be disqualified from the tournament and the case turned over to the appropriate Regional Commissioner for further action.

Tournament Ball: This event will use the Molten Super Touch ball for all competition.

Medical services will be available in the First Aid room on the north side of the exhibit hall.

The tournament will be a Stay and Play event and is being coordinated by EM2. Hotel information is now posted on AES. Here is a link to the hotel reservations

The OVQ has been allocated the following bids:
18 Open < 8 teams - 0 bids; 8 or more teams - 1 bid
18 USA < 8 teams 0 bids; 8 to 15 teams - 1 bid; 16 to 23 teams - 2 bids; 24 - 128 teams - 3 bids
18 American < 8 teams - 0 bids; 8 or more teams - 1 bid

The USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships will be held in Anaheim, CA on April 27 - 29, 2018.

Teams who win a bid will have to come to the Championship Desk to sign their bid acceptance before they leave the facility.

Here is a link to the 2017 USAV 18s Qualifier Manual
Please refer to it for tie-breaker scenarios.

For all divisions, tie-breaking sets will be played if advancement to the Gold bracket is affected. Be aware that any tiebreakers will be played immediately following the completion of pool play. If your team may end up in a 3-way tie, make sure to stay in the facilities until you know for sure that there is not need for a tie-breaker playoff.

New this year, all adults participating at a National Qualifier such as coaches, Chaperones, tournament staff, etc. must be SafeSport Certified. Please complete the training course. When you complete it, your Webpoint record should be automatically updated.

The State of Ohio has a law that requires all adults working with minors at sporting events be trained in concussion protocols. We recommend the NFHS course.

Chairs will be provided for spectators.

We will have warm-up balls available at Championship Desk.

Tournament Director:
Al Herbert

Head Referee:
Brian Hemelgarn


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